Feb 19, Colombo: Governor of the Western Province Marshal of the Air Force Roshan Goonetileke yesterday (February 18) handed over two drone cameras to the Sri Lanka Air Force in support of the National Operation to control the dengue epidemic in the Western Province.
The Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana participated in the ceremony at SLAF Station Colombo to accept the drones on behalf of the Sri Lanka Air Force.
Supporting the national effort in accomplishing control and preventive activities related to Dengue, the SLAF and the Western Provincial Council jointly carried out 26 Drone missions and logged 21 hours 50 minutes to date, utilizing SLAF Drones over various dengue prone areas in the Western Province.
Based on the remarkable results of the missions, Western Provincial Council has acquired two Drones which will be operated by the SLAF to expand the effort while strengthening the collaboration under the guidance of the Governor of Western Province.
Two Drones, namely DJI M300 RTK surveillance drone and DJI AGRS MG -1 liquid spraying drone were inducted to the SLAF Drone Inventory, paving the way to utilize them productively not only for Dengue Prevention but also on National Security commitments as well.
To mark the event, a mutual agreement was signed by the Governor, Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force and the Executive Director of Retail IT Pvt Limited.
Chief Secretary Western Province, Mrs. Jayanthi Wijethunga, Secretary to the Governor, Mr. P Somasiri, Executive Director of Retail IT Pvt Limited, Mr. Chadu Sumathipala, Chief of Staff, members of the Air Force Board of Management, Commanding Officer SLAF Station Colombo, representatives from Western Provincial Council, Officers and Airmen also attended to witness the occasion.